Thursday, July 16, 2015

Common Sense = Exceptional?

The president gave a lengthy press conference yesterday. The purpose was to answer questions about the controversial nuclear arms deal with Iran. The president went to great lengths to defend the deal going so far as to challenge detractors to explain how the agreement fails to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

As the questions on Iran wound down a reporter asked the president if he would consider revoking Bill Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom. The president said that there was no mechanism in place to revoke the medal…and then he said this:

“I’ll say this. If you give a woman, or a man for that matter, without his or her knowledge a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape. And I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.”

I have to admit that I was stunned by the response to the president’s remarks. Not those from detractors who would disagree with this president over the rising and setting of the sun. I’m talking about the over the top praise heaped on the president by his supporters for having the “courage” to make such an emphatic statement. “Boy he really went there…he said it!” Fist bumps all around.

Seriously! Has our discourse plummeted to such a low water mark that a common sense statement of fact is worthy of political “hosannas” from the highest? “All hail the president for having the courage to tell it like it is! Boy he really went there!” C’mon!

It’s a sad day when common sense becomes “exceptional.”

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